AEC Planning Committee

Exhibit/Sponsor Coordinator

Stephanie Bennett, stephaniebennett11@gmail.com
Department of Public Health and Environment



Food/Beverage Coordinator

Matt Brandt, matthew.brandt@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Health and Environment


 
Support 

Tom Butts, tombuttseh@gmail.com
Tri-County Health Department


 
General EH Coordinator

Devin Clark


Entertainment/Certification Exams Coordinator

Dan Collins, dcollins@broomfield.org
Broomfield Health and Human Services Department

Dan is a past president of Colorado Environmental Health Association (CEHA) and has served on the board as treasure and the Annual Educational Conference (AEC) chair. Dan was the recipient of CEHA’s Milton M. Miller Award in 2014.  Dan has over 35 years of Environmental Health experience in food safety, vector control, emergency response, waste water, water quality, air quality, pools, and environmental remediation programs. He received his bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with minors in Geology and Biology from Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota. Dan put himself through college working as a Gandy Dancer on a rail gang for the Soo Line Railroad. Dan also has an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Dan is a graduate of the Metro North and RIHEL leadership programs. 

Dan began his professional career working for Tri-County Health Department as a generalist. After several years in that position Dan transferred and helped develop Tri-County’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal Superfund Remediation Oversight Program. That program monitored the clean-up activities of the state’s largest superfund site and included the construction of hazardous waste landfills, their operation and closure, demolition and removal of contaminated structures, de-militarization of ordinance discovered during the cleanup, contaminated soil removal, air quality monitoring including odors and fugitive dust monitoring during those activities, and an off post private well inventory and monitoring program for a 20 square mile area. The site became the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge when it was removed from the Superfund list in 2010. Following that, Dan returned to his roots in EH and became the EH Manager and the Office Manager for the TCHD Castle Rock Office where he managed the staff providing EH services. Dan retired after a 30-year career with TCHD and currently is employed by Broomfield County where he serves as the food safety and pool coordinator.

 
Sustain & Built Environment Coordinator

Monica Dupler, monica.dupler@pueblocounty.us
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment



 
General Track Coordinator

Amy Gammell, amy.gammell@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Health and Environment

Amy is a Colorado native and University of Colorado alumni. She has worked at CDPHE in the Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability since 2012. Amy’s primary role is the work group lead for the Institutions and Emerging Programs Unit. She is most passionate about health and sanitation in child care facilities and schools. Amy also spent several years conducting inspections in retail food establishments. Prior to working at CDPHE, Amy spent five years as an inspector for the City and County of Denver in the Department of Environmental Health. Prior to working in Denver, Amy spent several years as the health services coordinator for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Denver and Boulder.

Outside of work Amy keeps extremely busy with her family. She has two children who are very involved in sports, music, and other extracurricular activities. When time allows, Amy enjoys volunteering in her community and traveling with both family and friends.

 
Water/Waste Water/Silent Auction Coordinator

Dan Hendershott, dan.hendershott@summitcountyco.gov
Summit County Environmental Health

Dan grew up in Denver. He received a bachelors degree from CSU in Environmental Health. He completed an internship at Summit County and then got his first career job at Tri-County Health Department in metro Denver where he remained for 6 years. In 2004, he relocated to Summit County Environmental Health where he and coworkers have accomplished many improvements and there are many things to still complete so he doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon. He believes strongly that we regulate with respect for customers and keep focused on public health outcomes using the regulations as a tool to achieving that goal.
 
Air/Waste Track Coordinator

Morgan Hill, mhill@garfieldcounty.com
Garfield County Public Health

 
Food Track Coordinator

Sammi Jo Kirst, samantha.kirst@elpasoco.com
El Paso County Public Health

Sammi Jo works for El Paso County Public Health as an Environmental Health Specialist II. She has been with El Paso since fall of 2016 conducting retail food and body art inspections, performing air quality complaint investigations, and teaching food safety courses. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a general Environmental Health Speacialist in rural Wisconsin for four years where she conducted inspections for retail food, body art, pools, lodging and also worked with the Department of Natural Resources on public well testing/inspections. She hold a B.S. of Environmental Health from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Outside of work Sammi Jo enjoys time hiking, camping, and exploring Colorado with her fiance and Dalmatian named Pongo.

 
Past Chair

Roy Laws, rlaws@jeffco.us
Jefferson County Public Health


 
Air/Waste Track Coordinator

Selina Lujan, slujan@fcgov.com
City of Fort Collins

 
IT Coordinator

Deb McBride, dashissler@att.net
Tri-County Health Department

Deb McBride worked for Tri-County Health Department for 25 years, 9 years for Administrative Services and 16 years for Environmental Health.  After retiring, she went to work part time for the Caring for Colorado Foundation.  Besides CEHA, she volunteers with the American Legion Auxiliary, Columbine Federal Credit Union and is on the founding boards of a newly created nonprofit and a newly created foundation.  Deb rescues older, special needs dogs and currently lives with two who have finally trained her to their satisfaction.  When not working, Deb likes to travel nationally and internationally and tries to include at least one trip per year with her grandchildren (2),great grandchildren (2), her God daughter or her nephew.

 
CEHA President

Ben Metcalf, bmetcalf@tchd.org
Tri-County Health Department

Howdy, all I am Ben Metcalf the current President of CEHA.  I have been employed in environmental health for going on 12 years.  I started my life in EH by having significant interactions with the health inspector over my college years with my fraternity (not all were very good on my part), which allowed my insight in what food safety actually was, and how to make foods safe for the public.  I was hired by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, as a Consumer Health Specialist before I Graduated from the University of Wyoming (Go Pokes!), and worked for the dept. for 6 ½ years.  I was hired by Tri-County Health Department (TCHD before moving down to Colorado to start a life with my longtime girlfriend who is now my wife and proud parent of our son Beckett. I have worked for TCHD for coming on 6 years, and have moved up the ranks from a EHS trainee, to being the Enforcement and Plan Review Specialist.  While the majority of my career has been strictly in foods as a regular Environmental Health Specialist I was exposed to working with onsite waste water treatment systems, or a I will always call them “septic systems”.   That being said, I have thoroughly enjoyed my career thus far in EH and look forwarded to my continued learning by being exposed to more areas of Environmental Health.  

 
Food/Beverage Coordinator

Holly Miller, hollymiller005@gmail.com
Food and Drug Administration

 
Silent Auction Coordinator

Cherie Sanchez, cherie.sanchez@denvergov.org
City and County of Denver

Hello, I’m Cherie Sanchez and I am a Public Health Investigator with the City and County of Denver. I have been with the city since February of 2018. In my role I perform heath inspections and child care licensing inspections for various child care providers throughout southeast Denver. I am fortunate to visit child care centers, preschools, family child care homes, before and after school programs and Summer programs. I have over 20 years of experience in various positions within the child care field. I am a Denver native and find it exciting to be able to partner with the community to help provide healthy and safe care for children!

 
Photography Coordinator

Keith Siemsen, keith.siemsen@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Health and Environment

 
Chair 

Jon Strauss, jon.strauss@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Health and Environment

 
CEHA Past President

Joshua Williams, jwilliams@garfield-county.com
Garfield County Public Health

After Honorable service in the United States Army as a Fire Support Specialist (13F), Mr. Williams graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management with a minor in Geology.  Joshua currently is serving as the Environmental Health Manager for Garfield County, Colorado.  He was previously employed as the Administrator of the Delaware County Health Department in Indiana, and his career in public health has included service as an Environmental Health Specialist with the Boone County Health Dept. and the Delaware County Health Dept., an Assistant Supervisor with the Marion County Health Dept. in the Vector Control section, Manager and Chief Sanitarian of the Huntington County Dept. of Health, and Director of Environmental Health for the Boone County Health Department (Indiana).  Joshua is a Past-President of the Colorado Environmental Health Association, Past-President of the Indiana Environmental Health Association, Past Co-Chair of the Indiana Local Health Department Manager’s Association, and Past Treasurer of the Indiana Public Health Association.  Joshua also served on the Local Health Department Infrastructure Committee, the Advisory Board for the development of the Indiana Public Health Policy and Research Center, and as an At-Large member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Public Health Association.  He is also a graduate from the National Association of City and County Health Officials national Survive and Thrive fellowship training for local health officials and is a member of the American Legion and The Loyal Order of the Moose.

 
Sustainability Track Coordinator

Rachel Wilson, rachel.wilson-roussel@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


 
Water/Waste Water Track Coordinator

Natalie Wright, nwright@tchd.org
Tri-County Health Department

Natalie is the track lead for the Water & Wastewater tracks for CEHA. She began her career at Tri-County Health Department five years ago as a general environmental health specialist. Today she specializes in water and wastewater in the Douglas County area. Natalie enjoys a good hike in the mountains, riding her awesome hardtail mountain bike, rock climbing, and lifting weights!

 

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